Recover Integrity: Blog

What to expect in this episode: Is recovery (just) abstinence? You won't be protected from relapse unless you learn to change and grow through the underlying issues The fastest way to learn, grow, and change is to be in an immersive environment. That's why the recovery community is so important.   Is Recovery Abstinence?   The fundamental question is: What is Recovery? People don’t ask it because they think they know the answer, but answering that question wrong leads to...

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What to expect in this episode: Understanding areas of identity, emotion regulation, emotional awareness, cognitive ability Jean Piaget was interested in was how human beings transform, that’s what growth is: growth is transformation. There are developmental disturbances in every single person coming into treatment.   Developmental Disturbances in Addiction Populations   We have got these areas of identity, emotion regulation, emotional awareness, cognitive ability (my ability to think in more complex ways) that’s actually worth understanding. There was a...

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What to expect in this episode: A major developmental split we see is the split between self and other. Really Good Boundaries equate to really good mental health. Psychosis is an extreme example of this imbalance If you ever stumble upon a person on the street of LA experiencing psychosis, you notice they might cuss   Developmental Splits in the Psyche   One of the things that we work with in recovery are called splits, and splits are part...

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Understanding Change and Raising The Bottom     Must Substance Abusers lose nearly all before getting help?   Interventions must address the particular circumstances of each client who might enter treatment and no, not every user has to “hit bottom” for intervention and subsequent treatment to be effective. Occasionally an individual might “hit bottom,” however defined and seek treatment. Most users though arrive at treatment due to the mounting stressors that accumulate through the course of their substance abuse. Whether...

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What to expect in this episode: The relationship between development and addiction The Unbroken Brain Looks at addiction as a developmental disorder You’d be shocked if you actually sat with someone who was in some sort of distress and said, “what do you feel right now”? And they could not answer.   The Relationship Between Development & Addiction   One of the ways to understand addiction, that recently became popular, that I’ve been engaged in, in this blog...

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What to expect in this episode: one of the most complex realms to navigate when were in recovery is the social, is the  interpersonal, is the areas that we get connected and disconnected One of the things we are working on within recovery, and it’s deeper work, is we're working on these internal developmental splits How do you bridge these two conflicting desires? How do we stop leaning too hard into one or the other?...

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